Hogan Lovells Creates Combined Diversity and Inclusion Committee to Drive Global Diversity Plan

7 August 2015 - Hogan Lovells announced today that it has reconfigured the existing Global Diversity and Board Diversity Committees to create a combined Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

With the full backing of the International Management Committee (IMC) and Board, the new Committee will be responsible for developing diversity strategy, and ensuring implementation of that strategy through the firm's refreshed Global Diversity Plan for the period 2015-18.

The key objectives of the Committee and Plan are to build upon the work already underway in order further to:

  • Embed a culture of inclusion and engage all members globally in the firm's diversity agenda
  • Build a diverse talent pipeline through retaining and advancing talent
  • Attract, recruit, and develop diverse talent
  • Engage clients and external stakeholders on mutually beneficial diversity initiatives
  • Monitor progress against diversity objectives

The firm's Chair, Nicholas Cheffings, and its Deputy CEO, David Hudd, will both be members of the Committee, which will be chaired by London-based partner Ruth Grant, previously co-chair of the Global Diversity Committee, and a member of the Board. She will be supported by representatives from the Board, IMC, regions, practices and sectors. The other members of the new Committee are:

  • Katlen Blöcker, partner, Banking, Frankfurt
  • Eugene Chen, partner, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, Shanghai
  • Ari Fitzgerald, partner, Government Regulatory - Communications, Washington D.C.
  • Burkhart Goebel, Regional Managing Partner - Continental Europe, IPMT, Madrid
  • Dan González, Board member and partner, Head of International Arbitration, Miami
  • Sharon Lewis, IMC member, partner and Global Head of Finance, IDCM, London and Paris
  • Phyllis Wan, U.S. Chief Diversity Officer and partner, Corporate - Commercial, Denver
  • Marcy Wilder, partner and Co-Head of Privacy and Information Management, Washington D.C.
  • Kay Willis, Global Chief People Officer, London
  • David Winter, partner and Co-Head of Investment Funds, Washington D.C.

Commenting on the Committee and Plan, Ruth Grant said:
"As a global firm, diversity is a core business priority. We recognize the need to reflect the diversity of our communities and our clients in our own culture.

"The value of diversity in the workplace is widely recognized. We firmly believe that it plays a major role in the success and the growth of our business.  By streamlining our focus and monitoring our progress through a single overarching body, we believe that we will make faster progress and our efforts will have an even greater impact."

The firm's work in the diversity arena, through such actions as the introduction of mentoring programmes, unconscious bias training and gender targets, has been recognized extensively in the marketplace, including:

  • Named in the Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women" list for the fourth consecutive year in 2015 (U.S.);
  • Ranked in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015 for the fourth time (UK);
  • Awarded Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards Best International Firm for Work-life Balance for the second time in 2015, and awarded  "Best Firm for Minority Women Lawyers" in 2014 (CE);
  • Awarded Business in the Community Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Award for Engaging Women in 2015 (UK);
  • Selected by Yale Law Women as a top ten family friendly firm in its 2015 annual policy survey, “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Initiative” (U.S.);
  • Ranked in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015 Workplace Equality Index, a guide to the UK's top gay-friendly employers, for the fifth consecutive year and as the 6th highest ranked law firm (UK);
  • Recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum with its Gold Standard Certification for the third consecutive year in 2015 (U.S.);
  • Selected as finalist by client DELL, Inc. for its Legal Diversity Award in 2015 and 2014, won in 2013;
  • Awarded a Business in the Community "Big Tick" in 2014 for 'Recruiting Diverse Talent' and 'commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and putting gender at the core of our business agenda' (UK);
  • Won the 2014 Professional Management Network Management Award for personnel development for our "Women@HL program" (CE);
  • Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a 100% Corporate Equality Index rating and named a best place to work for LGBT equality for the sixth consecutive year in 2014 (U.S.).
  • Awarded a 2014 LawCareers.Net commendation for commitment to diverse recruitment (UK);
  • Awarded 'Best International Firm in China' and 'Best International Firm China Practice' at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014 (Asia)
  • Winner of the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013 for our Global Diversity Plan (UK);
  • Winner of the 2013 Corporate Visionary Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation (U.S.)

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